NSW Minister for Emergency Services Minister David Elliott has acknowledged the efforts of the emergency workers responding to the floods in NSW and has asked employers to be flexible to allow volunteers to continue their essential work.
“Without the selfless work of the SES, Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue, Police, the Ambulance Service of NSW and other government agencies the situation in NSW could have been much worse with greater loss of life and property,” Mr Elliott said.
“Well over 1,000 volunteers have responded to this emergency and they have put the safety of their communities at the forefront in responding.
“I am asking employers to support these volunteer emergency workers as they assist the community and to provide the necessary flexibility in their employment arrangements.
“The work of the volunteers benefits everyone including business owners and will be required for some time as the operation and the clean-up effort continues.
“Should it be necessary the NSW Government will activate the volunteer employment protection provisions in the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act to protect the jobs of volunteers in the emergency services.
“I sincerely hope this will be unnecessary as I fully expect everyone to work together as we respond and recover following this emergency.”